Faith 101 Discovering the Faith Lesson One I believe in God the Father Almighty

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Faith 101 Discovering the Faith

  • Lesson One

  • I Believe in God the Father Almighty

  • - But who is He?

Class Outline

  • Purpose and Expectations

  • Content

  • Schedule

Three Things Only God Can Provide

  • Identity

  • Security

  • Meaning

How do you know?

  • Moderns:

    • Is it true?
  • Post-Moderns:

    • Is it true for me?

Natural Knowledge of God

  • Hints and Traces of God

  • Found in

    • Creation
    • Conscience

Natural Knowledge of God

  • Tells us there Is a God

  • Tells us that He is Powerful

  • DOESN’T tell us WHO He is

  • DOESN’T tell us if He loves us

Revealed Knowledge of God

  • God Makes Himself Known

      • In His Son Jesus

Revealed Knowledge of God

  • The Revealed knowledge of God makes known to us who God is and that He loves us!

  • We cannot completely know God apart from his revelation to us in the person of Christ working through the Holy Spirit.

Revealed Knowledge of God

  • The Wesleyan Quadrilateral

  • -Tradition -Experience

  • -Reason -Scripture

  • OR

  • Scripture Alone

Revealed Knowledge of God

  • Do we believe in Christ because of the Bible,

  • or

  • Do we believe in the Bible because of Christ?

How do we study the Bible?

  • Some Lutheran presuppositions:

    • Scripture interprets Scripture
    • Interpret Scripture in Context
    • Literally, but not Literalistically
    • Man has fallen away from God and evil pervades all of human life, including our study of Scripture

God Reveals Himself in His Law

God Reveals Himself in Law and Gospel

  • Law Gospel

  • What we must do What God has done

  • Shows Our Sin Show Our Savior

  • Condemns Forgives

  • Kills Gives Life

  • For Secure Sinners For Alarmed sinners

Who is He?

  • Eternal

  • Unchanging

  • Reliable

  • All powerful

  • Present everywhere

  • Knows all

Who is He? God is Triune

  • Tri/Une

    • 3 Persons in One God
    • Father – Creator
    • Son – Redeemer
    • Holy Spirit - Sanctifier

Holy Trinity – Three Persons in One God

  • Father is God

  • Son is God

  • Holy Spirit is God

  • Father is Not Son or Spirit

  • Son is Not Father or Spirit

  • Holy Spirit is not Father or Son

  • There are not three Gods but only one

Holy Trinity

  • Father is neither begotten nor Proceeding

  • Son is begotten but not proceeding

  • Holy Spirit is not begotten but proceeds from the Father and the Son

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